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Mission: Impossible (adventure)

    (CBS Primetime, 1966 - 1973;
     Syndicated;
     ABC Primetime, 1988 - 1990)

    [An imaginative series chronicling the fictional exploits of a
     top-secret government contractor known as "The Impossible Missions
     Force (the I.M.F.)" which engineered covert dirty tricks on bad
     guys around the world to bring them down; their methods involved
     a combination of technology, impersonation, makeup, and con games
     in the name of U. S. interests;

     The leader of the team was a initially a character named "Mr. 
     Briggs" played by Stephen Hill. Later Peter Graves played the
     I.M.F. team leader who was by then named "Mr. Phelps."

     Other regular castmembers included Martin Landau, Barbara Bain,
     Greg Morris and Peter Lupus;

     Writer/Producer Bruce Geller conceived the series which was a
     long-running success for CBS and in syndication; in 1988, ABC
     hired Peter Graves to reprise his role in a faithful revival
     using a youthful ensemble; better than most revivals since it
     stayed faithful to the original premise, and lasted two years]


Theme: "Mission: Impossible Theme"

    [aka: "Mission: Impossible";
     aka: "Theme From 'Mission: Impossible'";
     aka: "Mission: Accomplished";

     Composer Schifrin combined concepts from Mancini's "Peter Gunn"
     (a bass ostinato), Brubeck's "Take Five" (a 5/4 meter) and a 12-bar
     blues progression, in creating this well-known THEME which was
     released commercially on pop singles and a soundtrack album;

     Schifrin revised the THEME arrangement for a 1988 attempted
     revival; and it was also arranged by Danny Elfman others for 
     several different feature films based upon the TV series;

     In the 1994 book "Overtones and Undertones" by Royal S. Brown,
     Schifrin explains that the name "Lalo" is a common nickname for
     Claudio which was his second name; and after he came to the U. S.,
     he legally changed his name from Boris to Lalo]

     Composer: Boris Claudio ("Lalo") Schifrin (BMI)

     1978 Publisher: Bruin Music Company (BMI)

     2000 Publisher: Bruin Music Company (BMI),
                        c/o Famous Music Publishing
                        of Los Angeles, CA
    
     Copyright Date:          1966; Eu 974 446.
     Renewal   Date: Oct. 23, 1996; PAu-2-138-246.

     Recordings:

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